Carbon reduction

Carbon reduction

The big picture: achieving net zero together

Climate change is the biggest challenge that cities – and the people who live in them – face today.

When Australia signed the Paris Agreement in 2016, we made a commitment to limit global temperature increases to less than 2˚C. This means decarbonising the economy by 2050.

While Australia has committed to the targets outlined in the Paris Agreement, our emissions are among the highest in the world for each person – and they are rising. While Australian emissions are rising, emissions in the City of Sydney local area are declining, although still not fast enough if we are to meet zero emissions by 2050. Action is required at all levels of government, by businesses and by the community.

Reducing our energy consumption is Australia’s biggest opportunity to act on climate change. Our buildings are responsible for a quarter of all our emissions. But we can cut our energy consumption, reduce our reliance on coal-fired electricity, embrace renewable energy and create a more liveable city – and we can do it using technologies that are available today.

The City of Sydney has a clear strategy and action plan that is already achieving real-world results. We are on track to reduce emissions in our own operations by 44% on 2006 levels and move to 50% renewable energy by 2021.

More broadly, we have set targets for the entire City of Sydney local area. These include:

  • 50% of electricity to be renewable by 2030
  • 70% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
  • net zero emissions by 2050.

These targets are achievable – and necessary if we are to reach net zero emissions by 2050. But we cannot reach these targets alone. Everyone in our community has a role to play.

Download our energy efficiency master plan, renewable energy master plan, trigeneration master plan and our Environmental Action 2016–2021 strategy and action plan.

Last updated: Thursday, 27 September 2018